Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

HCAW BannerThe Association and the Community Involvement Groups (CIGs) are proud to be supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week from 13-20 October.

Did you know that hate crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person's hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability?

Hate Crime is wrong. It is against the law, and everyone has the right to live safely and without fear. No two individuals are ever the same - embrace individuality and help put an end to hate crime by reporting it.

You can report a hate crime as follows: 

  • By telephoning 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
  • In person at any police station, 
  • Reporting to a Third Party Reporting Centre  e.g.  Queens Cross Housing Association
  • Police Scotland website  - Hate Crime Reporting Form

Third party reporting

The Association is a third party reporting centre for hate crime and housing services staff can assist anyone wishing to report a hate crime.  Hate crime can come in various forms including offensive graffiti in our neighborhoods or with anti-social behaviour and should always be reported to the police.

In some cases victims/witnesses of hate crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report hate crimes, Police Scotland work in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of third party reporting centres. Staff within third party reporting centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.